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4 Day South Coast Tour, Snaefellsnes, Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon

The Best of Iceland in 4 Days

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We have carefully planned the perfect 4 day itinerary for you to enjoy while traveling in Iceland. Get inspired by stunning vistas and see the most extraordinary locations and sights Iceland has to offer.

Caving Glacier-Hiking Geysir Hot-Spring Sightseeing Tours waterfall

Let’s explore the best of both worlds by combining the magical South Coast of Iceland with the mysterious Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Iceland is known as a nature paradise, a true utopia of grand waterfalls, gushing hot springs, charming small fishing  villages, gleaming glaciers, dramatic mountains and natural wonders. To visit a country such as Iceland is an adventure from start to finish. The only problem, there is so much to see! This is why getting experts to but together your perfect itinerary for four days in Iceland is the way to go, be guided by experts and provided with local knowledge all whilst taking in the glory of the land of ice and fire.

  • Availability

    May 1st - September 14th

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Price from

    94.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Skaftafell National Park
Vatnajökull Europe’s largest glacier
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Diamond Beach
The Golden Circle; Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss
The Secret Lagoon
Djúpalónssandur Beach
Arnarstapi and Hellnar
Mt. Kirkjufell
Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Ytri-Tunga Seal Paradise
Pick up & drop off in Reykjavík
Guided minibus tour
Hotel accommodation with a private bathroom (3 nights)
Hotel Breakfast (3 mornings)
Amazing sightseeing stops
Glacier hiking tour
Admission to the Secret Lagoon
Jökulsárlón Lagoon Boat Tour

A wise man once said “Iceland is like everything you see in the movies and think can’t possibly be real”.

Now it is time for you to get to know what is behind these words. Iceland is very likely the most hidden gem in Europe and one of the most amazing things about it is that when explored distances are not long and along the way you will always see a million other things, a road trip in Iceland is like nothing else and now we have created the perfect 4 days in Iceland.

The tour will start with a 2 day exploration trip on Iceland’s South Coast, first stops are at amazing waterfalls the staggeringly beautiful Seljalandsfoss and the power stunner Skógafoss. Both of them are extremely photogenic but at the same time truly unique in their ways and can be explored in different ways, from above or behind! The South will also bring you the mysterious vista of Reynisfjara Black Sand beach and the cozy charming national park Skaftafell before stepping into a glacier for an epic glacier hike of Europe’s largest glacier.

The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond beach are there for day number two where you will get a chance to sail in between the icebergs in a way you will never forget. Get up close and personal with some of mother nature’s colorful work.

The third day is dedicated to the must-do Golden Circle tour with a cozy twist as the day will end at the Secret Lagoon hot spring, Iceland’s oldest swimming pool. A true treat after a day of amazing sightseeing stops and historical locations (Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir).

The forth day is where you step into the Snæfellsnes peninsula and your expert guide will show you all the best the lava covered peninsula has to offer including the famous Kirkjufell mountain, Arnarstapi and Hellnar villages and Djúpalónssandur pebble beach.

Let’s join to explore all the best the island of volcanoes, and glaciers has to offer.

Please note

Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Glacier outlets used on this tour include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, all amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful.

1. Day

Our day will begin in Reykjavík where you are picked up from your pre-chosen pick up location. This is when you will meet your guide for the next days and get a first sighting of the like-minded travelers that have chosen this fantastic adventure like you!

We start by driving the South Coast, stopping at breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, first “the one you can walk behind” Seljalandsfoss and then the powerful Skógafoss. After we will stop onto the mysterious Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach where the mystical and fairytale-like Reynisdrangar basalt columns stand tall against the strong waves that break ashore. There is a natural lava cave that has formed into the tuff mountain Reynisfjall and for many this is a true highlight when visiting Iceland.

Lunch will take place in the charming little town of Vík where you will have a view

Next we drive through what seems to be a no-mans land while making our way to the beautiful Skaftafell National Park, known for glacier views and excellent hiking trails.Falljokull Glacier tour

Now the adventures truly begin as next up on your guided adventure is a hike on an outlet glacier from Europe’s largest ice cape Vatnajökull. You are in for a true milestone experience as you get up close and personal to some of Mother’s Nature best artwork. After having taking in all that the glacier has to offer we will check in at out hotel and have some delicious dinner.

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Skaftafell National Park
Vatnajökull glacier hiking
Pick up in Reykjavík
Guided Mini-Bus Tour
Accommodation + Breakfast

2. Day

Today your glacier adventures continue as our first stop will be the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where glittery iceberg float around in a seal paradise. Take a stroll around the lagoon and indulge in the beautiful scenery or join on an optional boat ride (can be added as an extra) in the lagoon where you will get a chance to go even closer to these eerie turquoise ice blocks. Next up, we take a short walk to see more of these truly awe-inspiring icebergs on the Diamond Beach where they have drifted ashore and now sunbathe on a black sand beach, shimmering like diamonds on sunny days. This place truly is a sight for sore eyes.

On the way back to Reykjavík we will make some extra stops at well chosen locations your guide will choose each time.

The night is spent at a hotel in Reykjavík.

Day Highlights
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour (optional)
The Diamond Beach
Guided Mini-Bus Tour
Accommodation + Breakfast

3. Day

It’s time for the Golden Circle. You will be picked up at your Reykjavík accommodation and this time we are heading inland for the must-do Golden Circle tour. The first stop is at the historical Þingvellir national park (often spelled Thingvellir or even Pingvellir) where you will get a chance to view the meeting of the continental plates in a truly unique way. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to one of the world’s first parliaments, beautiful waterfalls, a stunning lava field and views like never seen before.

Strokkur geyser Iceland

After a brief lesson in Icelandic history we join for the Geysir geothermal area where the impressive Strokkur will spout up into the air giving all those who are there to see goosebumps and awe-looking faces. This is truly a must-see while in Iceland. The circle is then perfected with the last stop at the glacier originated waterfall Gullfoss, e. The Golden waterfalls where rainbows are likely to appear as the two-story showstopper gushed down it’s canyon. The waterfall can be viewed from two different locations, both recommended!

Bathing in the secret lagoon with friends

The day is then topped with a dip in the warm waters of the Secret Lagoon, Iceland’s oldest swimming pool.

The night is then again spent in Reykavík, Iceland’s lively capital.

Day Highlights
The Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Hot Springs
Gullfoss waterfall
The Secret Lagoon
Guided Mini-Bus Tour
The Secret Lagoon admission
Accommodation + Breakfast

4. Day

After breakfast you will be picked up again now for a completely different exploration as this time we will be making our way North West onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier Jules Verne made so famous in the book, Journey to the center of the earth.



The day is packed with memorable stops. First we will explore the farm Ytri Tunga where seals play all year around, not at all shy from humans and show off on the beach. Then there is the picturesque Arnarstapi, everyone’s favorite Instagram spot a little coastal village and after the close-by Hellnar where we will take a break to have lunch with an epic view.

The adventure will next take us to the Vatnshellir Lava Cave where you will have the option (at an extra cost) to explore Iceland’s underworld in a spacious lava cave which sits right at Snæfellsjökull’s glacier roots.

Djúpalónssandur pebble beach is our next destination where  your guide will tell you fascinating stories of shipwrecks and adventures around the area.

Kirkjufell mountain on Snaefellsnes

For many the last stop is the best stop on this part of the tour as we end the day on Snæfellsnes peninsula with a stop at the queen of all mountains, mt. Kirkjufell which towers above Grundarfjörður fishing village.

On the way back we often stop at the Gerðuberg basalt columns paradise, which is just yet another reason why Icelandic road trips  are the best!

Day Highlights
Ytri-Tunga Seal Paradise
Vatnahellir Lava Cave
Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Guided Mini-Bus Tour
Drop off in Reykjavík
How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

What is a safety briefing?

Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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